EJP Fall 2017 Convocation

IMG_4132Held on August 24, 2017 at Danville Correctional Center. View more photos on EJP’s Flickr site.








EJP Spring 2017 Awards Convocation

IMG_3695We recognized the recipients of the new Certificate for Learning Studies in May 2017 at Danville Correctional Center. The dean of the College of Education, James Anderson, presented the certificates. More photos of the Awards Convocation are available here.




Fall Convocation 2016

IMG_3424We marked the beginning of another academic year at Danville Correctional Center with our Fall Convocation on August 18, 2016. We were honored to be joined by outgoing Danville Area Community President Alice Marie Jacobs and the outgoing dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigns’s College of Education, Mary Kalantzis. You can view more photos here.



EJP Spring 2016 Awards Convocation

Every Spring we honor the EJP students who have done exceptional work at our annual Awards Convocation. This year, we were delighted that the President of the University of Illinois, Tim Killeen, and the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, John Baldwin, were able to attend. You can see some photos of the convocation here.



EJP 2014 Symposium on Higher Education in Prison

symposium-32The October 2014 symposium brought educators and activists from across the country to discuss matters related to higher education programs. EJP students and alumni participated as presenters and moderators. Panels addressed pedagogy, the politics of prison education, challenges of prison writing programs, and more. Please visit our Vimeo page for videos, which are still being uploaded, and visit the symposium pages on this website for photos of the event.



FACE Open House Fall 2013

IMG_0817Our Family and Communities Engagement (FACE) open house brought together loved ones of incarcerated EJP students, EJP alumni, and other friends and allies in Chicago. Guest speaker Grace Bauer from Justice for Families was inspiring, describing the successful efforts of families nationwide who have organized to impact incarceration policy and practices.  You can view more photos of the Fall 2013 FACE open house here.


Fall Open House 2013

IMG_1427EJP held our fall open house at the prison on September 20, 2013. Thirteen visitors attended Friday evening classes and met EJP students and instructors. The next open house is scheduled for Friday February 14, 2014. We strongly advise people considering applying to our program to visit an open house. Click here for more photos of the open house.



Author Ron Berler visits Danville Prison

Berler Guest Lecture 08.28.13 - 12Author Ron Berler visited Danville Correctional Center on August 28, 2013 to discuss his new book, Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools. There was a full house in the chapel for EJP’s first guest speaker event of the fall semester. Click here for more photos.



Instructors and Students Celebrate Fall 2013 EJP Convocation

Fall 2013 convocation

We held our fall convocation and new instructor orientation on August 22, 2013 at Danville prison and the EJP offices on campus. We were fortunate to be joined by two EJP alumni, Earl Walker and Quinton Neal, who shared their experiences of prison and of studying while incarcerated. Click here for more photos.



EJP Students Receive Awards Spring 2013

2013 Award recipients

From top left: Andre Slater, (elects to be unidentified), Emmett Sanders, Rob Garite, Cragg Hardaway, Juan Sewell, Daniel Graves, Josh Walbert, Kemuyah Ben Rakemayahu, Eddie Viens. Bottom row from left: Luis Saucedo, Maggie Kainulainen (course coordinator), Rachel Rasmussen (student resources coordinator), Anyton Brown. Click here for more photos.



Language Partners Wins Global Leadership Award

Freddy Freitez with Arcus check, 2013EJP’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, Language Partners, was honored by the inaugural Arcus Award for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership. It shared this award with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, based in New York, and the Dalia Association of Palestine. For more information about EJP’s Arcus Award please click here. Click here for more photos.




You can access other photos of EJP in action on our flickr account. Click here for photos from past convocations; here for past open houses; here for our 2012 art exhibit, Beyond Lines; here for our recent production of The Tempest; and here to access EJP’s vimeo account, with more video of EJP events.



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